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Beachfront! Ground floor! Screen porch, large deck, Pets OK with no fees!

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Sleeping Porch, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 13)



Located in a forgotten corner of Florida’s “Forgotten Coast” you will discover a serene beachfront retreat, “Soul Happy”.

Some of the most picturesque and scenic beaches along North Florida’s Gulf Coast are found on Alligator Point. Alligator Point, of Franklin County, makes up a narrow four mile long peninsula sandwiched between tranquil Alligator Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico.

Stunning and breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico are enjoyed from within the home and the large 12’x30’ screen porch. In addition, an open-air spacious beachside deck gives you a commanding ocean view because it is located on a ridge, which gently slopes up from the water’s edge. Enjoy the expansive night skies reflection off the ocean and the millions of stars! The stars are uninhibited by the light pollution experienced these days at many of Florida's beaches.

A large, fenced yard is ready for your four-legged friends to enjoy a coastal holiday with the family too. A park style charcoal BBQ grill is available for your use while you enjoy the beach & Gulf...of which is your back yard! Enjoy preparing some tasty grilled seafood, steaks, or burgers!

Also located in the backyard is a fish cleaning sink and table. Clean fish while you watch the family out on the beach or simply while you soak up the view!

Soul Happy is a user-friendly ground level home with no steps to climb! We comfortably sleep 13 guests with 2 kings, 3 queens, and a double/single bunk. The kitchen, dining, and living areas are open to each other and are appointed with furnishings that insist you sit down and relax! Enjoy watching the sunrise from the Florida room, or step out onto the spacious screened porch to enjoy your morning coffee in the swing or rocking chairs overlooking the Gulf.

Family and friends will enjoy the large 36 inch flat screened HDTV with cable and DVD/VCR as you watch your favorite sports team, TV show, or movie. The kitchen has everything you need to prepare a feast for the family or a late night snack warmed in the microwave. From the large kitchen window you can catch a glimpse of Alligator Harbor just a over a block down the street.

A huge master bedroom features two king beds and one queen bed with an en-suite bathroom and shower. The other bedroom offers a queen bed and a triple bunk (double bed on the bottom, twin on the top). The second bathroom is located in the hallway and has a tub/shower. Each bedroom has a cable TV provided for your enjoyment. An additional sleeping area features a queen bed and it is located in a corner nook of the Florida room. An initial set of linens is provided for your convenience, free of charge, which includes one set of sheets per bed, and one towel, washcloth and hand towel per guest.

So….. once you arrive and settle in to your coastal retreat, now what do you do? Well…..

Have you ever watched a mother turtle lay her eggs in the moonlight, or watch baby sea turtles hatch and scurry to the water’s edge? Soul Happy is located near Alligator Harbor which is one of the world’s largest feeding grounds for the Kemp’s Ridley, the rarest and most endangered of all marine sea turtles. The unspoiled waters and beaches, including those directly in front of your beachfront retreat, Soul Happy, are valuable feeding, breeding and nesting grounds for these and other sea turtles.

If you fancy winged things, then enjoy Mother Nature’s spectacular show from the privacy of your cozy “Old Florida” beach house as you witness the annual Fall migration of raptors and monarch butterflies. Many varieties of butterflies, and birds including the American bald eagle, are commonly seen stopping among the vegetation of Soul Happy’s large and inviting ½ acre of yard and native vegetation. Only 5 minutes away is the 4065 acre Bald Point State Park, which has a diverse coastal eco-system popular as a birding and wildlife viewing destination.

Only 15 minutes away from Soul Happy is the 68,000 acre St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, established in 1931 to provide wintering habitat for migratory birds with acreage across three Florida counties. The St. Marks lighthouse, built in 1832, is still in use today. In fact, a trail of 5 historical lighthouses may be visited along a 2 hour tour of the forgotten coast.

If salt water runs in your veins, then you will be happy to know that this particular corner of the Forgotten Coast is teaming with sea life. Our waters offer a wonderful playground for boating and fishing enthusiasts. Numerous public and private landings provide easy access to the oceans, bays, rivers and harbors of this area.

If golfing is your passion, a short 10 minute drive up the road will land you at the world class golf course of St. James Bay. Another nearby golf course is Wildwood Golf Club, located in Wakulla County.

A wide array of restaurants are located nearby at Ochlockonee Bay, St. Teresa Beach, Carrabelle, St. James Bay, and even a few hundred yards away at the Alligator Point Marina.

From Soul Happy, you’re close to everything! So do nothing, or do everything…. it’s totally up to you.

Soul Happy offers timeless charm! Step back to a simpler era at the beach where you can still enjoy all the comforts of today. This beach retreat truly offers a coastal experience the way a Florida beach vacation was meant to be!

The Watsons would love to host your family at Soul Happy on beautiful Alligator Point. Soul Happy offers you an incredible beachfront value for your money! We’d love for you to be our guest and make Soul Happy your own special vacation beach home. Create lifelong memories. You’ll be so happy you discovered our quaint beach house that it will make your soul happy.

Please email through VRBO/HomeAway the Watson's assistant, Glenn Smith anytime with any questions or for reservations. Glenn would love to hear from you to talk about Soul Happy

(NOTE: When inquiring through VRBO, Glenn will promptly reply to you from his personal email address)

(During hurricane season storms can sometimes develop within 24 hours. We strongly suggest that you purchase travel insurance)

Keywords: Beachfront, Northwest Florida, White Sand Beaches, Old Florida Charm, Uncrowded & Serene Beaches, Quiet, Dog & Family Friendly!

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Property Manager
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
July 14, 2017


Alligator Point House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (3), Bunk Beds (1) Triple bunk (Double on the bottom, single on the top)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • museums
  • restaurants
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming


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Beachfront! Ground floor! Screen porch, large deck, Pets OK with no fees!
average rating of 4.673913 based on 46 reviews
Shalimar, FL 32579

A Forgotten Paradise

  • 5 of 5

It was perfect. The master bedroom held two king sized beds, a queen sized bed, an antique dresser, a chest of drawers with a large television, two stools, and a chair, and there was still so much room. The beach was not crowded. The kitchen was more than adequate for us. The dining area was lovely with a nice view of the Gulf. We hope to return. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank You very much! I want our guests to feel comfortable and to be able to spread out. I'm so pleased that you enjoyed Soul Happy, our beautiful quiet beach, and that you'll try to come back one day! The Watsons
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Beachfront, fenced in yard.

  • 3 of 5

Quiet area, wide beach, fenced in yard - were the best parts. House is dated, but comfortable. Negatives would be sand spurs - take a pair of tweezers if you are taking your dogs, a lot of flys/bugs on the beach - take some spray, water was not clear - like the other gulf beaches we have frequented, and had a lot of seaweed/grass, could not get in water without having it on you. Have put it on our "been there, done that" list, would not revisit.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank You for your review! I'm pleased that you like the yard, beach, and serenity of the area! Soul Happy is an older home, as advertised, and everything is maintained and clean. We do not advertise the home as being new and modern, but rather as a laid back experience of memorable beach houses from an earlier and simpler time. Unfortunately, sometimes there are flying insects and sand-spurs in some patches which is typical in Florida. When we have storms and rough water, it's a natural occurrence for sea weed, (also called wrack), to float ashore. They contain within them food for sea gulls, ghost crabs, and other critters, along with helping to build up sand dunes. Storms also stir up the sand at the ocean bottom which causes the water to be murky. After several days of calm and sunny weather then the water becomes clear again. We thank You for coming to Soul Happy and experiencing the uncrowded and natural aspect of Florida! Jackie
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Clearwater fl

Decompression Zone

  • 5 of 5

We needed a respite from the Holiday Hubbub and we knew just where to get it. We stayed here last January and couldn't wait to come back. Uncrowded beautiful beach/good weather/plentiful oysters/and perfect accommodations. You haven't relaxed until you have sipped your morning coffee watching the sun come up on the beachfront deck swing (newly refurbished). Back to the swing at sunset with a glass of wine for decompression. Too cold for margaritas but there is now a perfect spot for sipping and watching the world go by in the beachfront breezeway bar. We'll have to come back for that when it warms up. Our dogs seem to think they live there.........thanks for allowing pets!PS......we saw at least one white squirrell!! A first. soul is happy!

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank You so much for your review! You highlighted the routine that recharges our soul. Thank You for enjoying our home and our beautiful quiet corner of coastal Florida! Jackie
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Fabulous getaway

  • 5 of 5

We have been repeat customers - we love it and love the fenced yard and view of the ocean. It's one of the most peaceful and enjoyable vacations we have ever had. It's clean and the amenities are nice and the rooms are spacious and we hope to keep staying here annually. The property manager is very responsive and super helpful.

  • Submitted: Dec 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank You for your wonderful review! It brings joy to my heart that you love my beach house and have made it your home too, time and time again! You'll love the improvements occurring this month along with the newly delivered & custom-made outdoor wood furniture for the breezeway. I appreciate your continued patronage of Soul Happy!
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I didn't think this existed anymore, but it does!

  • 5 of 5

This was my first time at Soul Happy. I had been looking for close to a year to try and find something that was old Florida, the old Florida i remembered as a child. My family lived in Pensacola in the 60's, dad was in the Navy. My experience when looking, was Condo's and Resorts with thousands of tourist. I did not want that. Soul Happy, turned out to be exactly what i was looking for and it was "big" dog friendly, hard to find in Florida! Me and my Luigi really enjoyed our stay. It still holds the old 50's cabinets, ect. The fenced in yard was an extra bonus! The deck with the swing was ideal for just my pooch and i to enjoy quite and private outside time. Great place to eat breakfast in the morning. Luigi took a bit to except the waves crashing on the shoreline, but once he got use to it, he loved it!! There are crabs in the evening that Luigi loved to chase, the funny part is, a small crabbed scared him so bad he jumped back so far. I got the best laugh!! He left those crabs alone after that! Luigi weighs 77 lbs and that small crab got the best of him. For myself, the quite, no stress time was so needed. The sunsets and sunrises were amazing! The people i met on the beach, those with and those without dogs, were so friendly. They were like long time friends. I could go on and on, but i think that's enough. One more thing, the shower in this house is great. Just the right amount of water pressure! I slept out on the sleeping porch and that bed is so comfortable! It was hard to leave. I will be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Your review makes my heart melt. I'm so appreciative of your compliments along with the sharing of your experience. A travel writer couldn't have said it better! We are very much alike! Thank You for choosing Soul Happy as your beach retreat and re-charging station! I look forward to hearing back from you again! Jackie
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Our yearly piece of heaven

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time staying at Soul Happy and it was absolutely amazing again. Clean, well furnished, and feels like home. We will be back again next year. Don't change a thing. It is perfect as is.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank You very much! We are continually trying hard to provide the best beach vacation experience possible. I'm so excited that you enjoyed your return stay and that you're considering coming back! Jackie
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Rates & Availability

Alligator Point House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
HIGH Season
May 20 2017 - Aug 11 2017
7 night minimum stay
OFF Season
Aug 12 2017 - Dec 22 2017
7 night minimum stay
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 5 2018
7 night minimum stay
OFF Season
Jan 6 2018 - Mar 2 2018
7 night minimum stay
Spring Break
Mar 3 2018 - Apr 13 2018
7 night minimum stay
OFF Season
Apr 14 2018 - May 18 2018
7 night minimum stay
HIGH Season
May 19 2018 - Aug 3 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
OFF Season
Aug 4 2018 - Dec 21 2018
7 night minimum stay
Dec 22 2018 - Jan 4 2019
7 night minimum stay
OFF Season
Jan 5 2019 - Mar 1 2019
7 night minimum stay
Spring Break
Mar 2 2019 - Apr 5 2019
7 night minimum stay
OFF Season
Apr 6 2019 - May 24 2019
7 night minimum stay
HIGH Season
May 25 2019 - Aug 2 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 9.0%

7 NIGHT MINIMUM stay requirement on all reservations starting July 18, 2016. Saturday check in and check out. Tax is extra at 9pct

We accept checks only and a personal check is fine. Sorry, no monthly rates offered except for Jan & Feb.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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